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We’re here to welcome you when you’re ready to travel. With our abundant nature and pristine lakes, we have plenty of recreational activities perfect for small groups and social distancing. A change in scenery and a break from the noise is good for the soul.

You may wonder what’s open and what to expect when you get here. Businesses are reopening and your health and well-being are a top priority.


Lake Country Cares

Our community has rallied behind Lake Country Cares, which is a COVID-19 safety campaign to build trust among our residents, visitors, and local businesses. Businesses are adopting practical measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. You can help, too. Consider bringing a mask (some of our stores require them), be mindful of social distancing, and wash hands regularly.

This campaign is endorsed by all 3 of our local hospitals, the cities of Brainerd and Baxter, Crow Wing county, area businesses, and 5 local Chambers of Commerce.


Open for Business

Resorts, hotels, and motels
You’ll find availability at many of our lodging properties. You can spend time enjoying the sun and sand as resorts’ beaches are open. Spas, pools, and waterparks are not open.

Restaurants are open, with limits. You’ll need to plan ahead. Many restaurants are offering takeout and delivery options. Starting June 1, you can make a reservation and enjoy outdoor dining.

Retail shops—including boutiques and downtown shopping areas—are open at 50% capacity. You’ll be able to find the one-of-a-kind souvenir to remind you of your trip!

Golf was one of the first activities allowed to open. Lucky for us, we’re a top golf destination in the country.

Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor recreation is open! You can rent boats, bikes, and kayaks to hit the water for fishing or just for fun. Parks and trails are open for hiking, birding, biking. Guided fishing trips are open. Boat landings are open. Campgrounds for overnight camping and charter boat rentals open June 1. You can find more information on the Minnesota DNR website.

If you have questions, email infostaff@explorebrainerdlakes.com or call us at 800-450-2838.